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Goyard’s Brand Book

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Michael Williams has a great post entitled The Greatest Brand Book Ever Made about the incredible book recently published by Parisian publisher Devambez about Goyard and their 160 years of history. Only 233 editions were made, and they each cost a whopping €6000– available by special order.

Each book is painstakingly made by hand by the finest artisans in France and comes in its own individually numbered, fully custom Goyard case.

It’s been incredible to see this brand manage their growth so meticulously.

The Filter Bubble

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Go buy (and then read) my friend Eli’s book The Filter Bubble. If you want an appetizer before you read, watch his TED talk. Heck, watch his TED talk anyways.

Eli Pariser delivers an eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling–and limiting–the information we consume. In a personalized world, we are fed only news that is familiar and that confirms our beliefs, and because the filters are invisible, we won’t know what is being hidden, leaving less room for the encounters that spark a democratic exchange of ideas.

Convinced? A believer? Here are 10 ways to Pop Your Filter Bubble.

A Touch of Code

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Yatzer has a great inside look at the newest Gestalten book called A Touch of Code. It’s an exploration of the colliding worlds of art, design and technology. Fascinating and beautiful. Check it out.

Thanks to the omnipresence of computers, cell phones, gaming systems, and the internet, a broad audience has traded its past reservations against technology for an almost insatiable curiosity for all things technical. Against this background, unprecedented new tools and possibilities are opening up for the world of design

Aaron Dignan: Game Frame

Aaron Dignan, my partner in crime over at Undercurrent just wrote a book called Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success.

Check this great trailer he did explaining the concept behind the book.

I could go on and on about how proud of him I am, or why you should buy this book if you want to change your own game– but I’ll just say this: Aaron is one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and luckily, I get to work with him almost everyday now.

Go buy the book. Support authors and entrepreneurs and stay tuned for more interviews, Game Frame thoughts and more, very soon.

Feng Shui Made Easy

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Anyone wondering where some of my affinity for good design came from? Here’s a good place to start.

Nearly 15 years ago my father William Spear wrote a book about Feng Shui. At the time of release, I believe there were maybe 7 or so books with the words Feng Shui even in the title– and a decade and a half later, there are thousands. His original book was translated into countless languages (15 at last count, actually) and became a staple in a sea of misinformation and comedy. The original Feng Shui Made Easy book went on to become a bestseller with more than 22 printings and the definitive guide to an ancient art.

In the past decade however pop culture really had a fun time with it. Feng Shui haircuts, Feng Shui chocolate bars, Feng Shui pet houses. Feng Shui was a catch phrase and it slowly lost the deep purpose and meaning and began to be more about decor than it did about transforming yourself from the inside.

Today, he is releasing a revised and expanded edition which I think will once again set the bar even higher for the practice of getting your energy flow right– both in the house, and inside your mind and body. You can buy it everywhere books are sold.  I encourage you to.  Heck, if you’re a friend of mine and you’re unsure about it, I’ll buy it for you.

(By the way when I grew up explaining what my father did  for a living was difficult, and near impossible.  Part of my life I was convinced he was a spy…)

In the publishers words:

This revised edition expands on the author’s intuitive approach with new sections on health, children’s environments, and ecological concerns and sustainable practices. The author also corrects misconceptions about feng shui and uses fascinating case studies to share valuable insights he gained from interactions with his clients and readers.

Feng Shui Made Easy was created after a lifetime of solving puzzles. Making the most complicated things more accessible and easily understood was ingrained in me; transforming philosophies and concepts into practical methods had been fascinating to me since childhood. This book will be like a feng shui consultant coming into your own home. But Feng Shui Made Easy tells you more than just how to rearrange your furniture, it tells your how to change your life—and that is what feng shui is really all about. This is a remarkable system for self-development and a practical took for improving business and relationships. All you need to do is practice—the energy flows by itself.

A couple great quotes:

“We are shaped by spaces of our lives and, in a time of information overload, the need to create moments of solitude and peace are even more vital than ever before. This guide explains the Feng Shui philosophy and shows you how to define your environment and the surroundings you wish to live in.
In a time of great change there is a great desire to create harmony within one’s personal space. William Spear takes you into a deeper knowledge of Feng Shui and how it can influence your surroundings.”

Cameron Sinclair, cofounder and CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) of Architecture for Humanity, 2006 TED prize recipient and coeditor of Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

“My family and I have benefited greatly from our relationship with William Spear over many years. Shortly after my first feng shui consultation with him, I won my first Grammy! In this book, he shares the same great resources for all creative spirits who love the earth.”

Paul Winter, four-time Grammy® Award–winning composer and musician

Congrats dad!

Everything You Know Is Pong

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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS PONG is the most important book you’ll ever buy. Well, the most important book about sports you’ll ever buy. Fine, the most important book about table tennis, ever. Go, buy, now. Congrats Roger!

This book tells the ripping story of Ping Pong’s definitive role on global politics, history, and culture with additional fabulous insights from our friends in Pong including Nick Hornby, Jonathan Safran Foer, and fresh off his Booker prize win, Howard Jacobson.

Making Ideas Happen: The Cake Edition

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My friend Scott Belsky spent nearly 5 years writing “Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming The Obstacles Between Vision & Reality” – a book all about execution and how some of the most productive people and teams in the creative world operate. The book was published two days before his 30th birthday, so his wife went all out and made him a cake. The cake was tasty, and the book is now a bestseller on Amazon.

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